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Plus: Cloudways • Profits are in • Woah China • Page speed stats
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This is Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus, with a handpicked weekly roundup of eCommerce articles.
If you’ve been running your eCommerce business without proper accounting software up to now, stop reading this guide and go fix that first. It doesn’t matter if your store only does a few orders a month, you need to put proper bookkeeping processes in place right from the start. QuickBooks Online is probably as good a place as any to start.
Read our summary of the best options
Over on Create and Code, we took a fresh look at one of the most popular hosting companies, Cloudways.
Unlike regular hosting where you have a specific “space” on an actual physical server, with cloud hosting your website is hosted on a virtual partition of a big network of servers (the cloud).
Because of this, you can quickly add or remove resources as needed and deploying a new website takes just a couple minutes.
Take a look at our review here
I'm glad to see this mindset finally taking hold. Unlike you and me, running (or thinking of) starting an online business, many large tech companies have been running huge losses for years under the pretence of growth or user acquisition. Investors have typically turned a blind eye but this is beginning to finally change.
Read it in the New York Times
Sometimes a tweet like this just makes you stop in your tracks. It's incredible to look at the spend in China compared to the Rest of the World (RoW). And also - eCommerce spending is larger in the UK than France and Germany combined. India looks like the next market ripe for serious eCommerce growth - are you planning to tackle that?
Brian Deen is back with another epic post analyzing 5.2 million desktop and mobile pages. There is a lot of fanscinating information contained inside and the results have generated a healthy debate within the comments section.
I think it's fair to say that out of the box WordPress isn't the most speed optimized platform out there, but with a few simple tweaks you can make any site fly.
See our WooCommerce Speed Guide to learn how
Latest Shoptimizer updates
If you've been using our Shoptimizer WooCommerce theme, version 1.8.2 is now available.
It includes new theme options to select the amount of items shown within the related, upsells and cross-sells sections.
See everything on the Shoptimizer changelog page.
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Colm and Simon from CommerceGurus